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Guest Report - Summer A Terrific Time For Teens To Volunteer

For most kids, summer means a break from school and plenty of long summer days just waiting to be filled with fun and sun.  But boredom can quickly set in and before you know it, your kids are getting grouchy and it seems as though school can’t come soon enough!  Well, how about using some of that newly acquired “free time” to volunteer?  For teens, volunteering makes a nice addition to college and scholarship applications and it’ll leave a great impression on those you’re helping.  Not sure where to start?  Try some of these ideas:

  • Help out at the Boys and Girls Club or the YMCA with their summer camps.  They’ve got book clubs that need leaders and different activities that could always use an extra set of hands.  It’s a great way to be a positive role model to the little kids as well.
  • How about volunteering at a retirement or nursing home?  The elderly love the company and it’s really fun to getting into a competitive game of BINGO.
  • There’s really nothing better than summer in Door County and there’s an activity or event going on almost every day.  The Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center is always looking for volunteers to help them set up and work their events and all of their opportunities include a fun group of people. 
  • Door County also hosts a number of runs, bike races and triathlon events, so how about manning a water station, filling registration packets or cheering on the participants?
  • Like to bake?  Habitat for Humanity is always looking for snacks and treats for their construction site volunteers to help keep them motivated. Imagine how grateful they’d be for a homemade cookie or brownie!

The bottom line is, there’s always plenty to do to help in Door County and volunteering is a great place to meet new friends and see what’s happening right here in our own back yard.  Take the time, use the opportunity and see how you can make a difference this summer.

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